Alexander and the Very, Very, Very, Very Long Title is based on a 32 page picture book by Judith Viorst about a young boy who feels trampled by the world and feels that his personal misfortunes are neither recognised nor understood by his family. In a moment of sly retribution, he wishes the worst possible day on his parents and siblings in a desperate attempt to have them understand his plight. Read more >>

 



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The Blind Side

The Blind Side is a competent if unremarkable film. The story is an inspiring one (though not unheard of before) and the performances are good (though not Oscar-worthy) and the film pulls effectively at the heart-strings at all the appropriate points. But there is something a little too ‘white bread’ about the story.

It's as if this is how middle class America may have imagined how this all went down rather than how it actually went down. As if the truth may offend their delicate sensibilities. Where's the grit? Where are the tough times? Where's the heartache? It's enough to make bourgeois white women the world over want to seek out a destitute black kid of their own - it looks so easy!

Admittedly, however, The Blind Side is an enjoyable film and Sandra Bullock does an admirable job, jettisoning her usual ditzy charm for lovable stoicism. There's enough entertainment and drama here to remain interesting, indeed mildly gripping, but you just can't help feeling that we're missing out on some of the finer, perhaps less commendable, details.
Stuart Jamieson
www.theblindsidemovie.com

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